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He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace
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He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace


Eerdmans 2002

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How do Christians account for the widespread presence of goodness in a fallen world? Different theological perspectives have presented a range of answers to this fundamental question over the centuries. In He Shines in All That’s Fair, Richard Mouw brings the historic insights of Calvinism to bear on this question and reinterprets them for a broader audience at the turn of the twenty-first century.

In the course of this book Mouw connects the larger theological discussions to pressing issues in contemporary society. He insists that we have much to learn from thinkers who have rejected the idea of common (nonsaving) grace, but he also defends the traditional common grace teachings, showing how they provide an important basis for wrestling with key challenges in present-day culture. Ultimately, Mouw argues forcefully for a Calvinism that is capable of standing in awe before the mysteries of God’s gracious dealings with all human beings—and indeed the whole creation.

These soundly reasoned, elegantly written chapters offer an updated, robust understanding of common grace that will be of great value to anyone interested in the relation of church and culture.

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Key Features

  • Provides an accessible treatment of a the doctrine of common grace
  • Draws contemporary applications for cultural life today
  • Combines scholarly research with pastoral concern


  • Thinking about Commonness
  • Lessons from the “Labadists”
  • “He Shines in All That’s Fair”
  • “Infra-” versus “Supra-”
  • Seeking the Common Good
  • Updating Common Grace Theology

Praise for the Print Edition

Richard Mouw revisits Calvin, Kuyper, Bavink, and Barth, plus various confessions and critics, gleaning key resources for faithful and creative thinking about cultural life today. A clear, concise, and compelling resource.

Max L. Stackhouse, Rimmer and Ruth de Vries Professor of Reformed Theology and Public Life Emeritus, Princeton Theological Seminary

The clarity and insight of this book will come as no surprise to people who have read Mouw’s work before. He has an uncommon ability to combine scholarly research with pastoral concern and cultural relevance.

—Gerald L. Sittser, professor of theology, Whitworth University

Product Details

About Richard J. Mouw

Richard J. Mouw is distinguished professor of faith and public life and former president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. He is the author of Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars, Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal Introduction, and The Challenges of Cultural Discipleship: Essays in the Line of Abraham Kuyper.

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